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Tata Communications versus Incapsula

Easily compare Tata Communications and Incapsula for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company Tata Communications Incapsula
Short profile Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price. Incapsula launched in 2009 and is a security-first CDN, with DDoS mitigation and Web Application Firewall services, as well as CDN-acceleration features like dynamic content caching & smart content optimization. Incapsula comes integrated with load balancing and failover solutions.

Products

Product Tata Communications Incapsula
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Partially Available/supported
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Not available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Not available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Partially
WAFWeb Application Firewall Not available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Not available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region Tata Communications Incapsula
North America 8 10
Latin America 0 1
Europe 4 9
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia, excl China 10 4
China 0 0
Oceania 1 3
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tata Communications Incapsula
Minimum contract term Unknown 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $0
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown No volume charge
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown No volume charge
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown No volume charge

Features

Web acceleration Tata Communications Incapsula
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially <10 minutes Available/supported Instant
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
Available/supported Anycasted network (regional)
HTTP/2 Not available/supported End of 2017 Available/supported FAQ
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Can be IP address
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Partially Can't configure specific other Host header Available/supported Can configure specific other Host header.
tooltip Forward client request Host header is possible
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Partially
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header Available/supported Purge all, by directory, by file extension
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Available/supported Real time perf and security events dashboard
Log files Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
Available/supported Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
tooltip Logs are not delayed
API Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Tata Communications Incapsula
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Available/supported Not in Free plan. Included in all other plans
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Available/supported Included in Business and Enterprise plans
Token authentication Extra costs Not available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Their support team is needed Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Available/supported Two Factor Authentication
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI
Available/supported IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI

Support

Customer support Tata Communications Incapsula
Documentation Partially Some documentation, not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Available/supported Free plan has community support, all paid plans offer email support, Enterprise gets 24/7 phone support